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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Homes flooded, Roads closed across Adelaide

WINVIDEO SHOW HOMES FLOODED, ROADS CLOSED ACROSS ADELAIDE HILLS Sep 15, 2016 SHARE Montacute Rd | Image | @VandervegtRoy Police and emergency services have closed multiple roads throughout the Hills area, and are warning drivers to take care driving today and be aware of their surroundings. The following roads have been closed due to damage: North East Road, Chain of Ponds, from South Para Road to Gorge Road – there is significant damage to the road, and road closure signs in place Montacute Road, Montacute Strathalbyn Road near the Aldgate Hotel Waterfully Gully Road closed at Waterfall Gully Old Norton Summit Road, Horsnell Gully Homes and businesses are flooded and roads remain closed across the Adelaide Hills after a day of torrential rain and gale-force winds. Water levels in the Onkaparinga river have peaked while the Bremer and Angas rivers were expected to have peaked but further flooding was still possible downstream. Water continued to be released from the Mt Bold Reservoir causing problems around Clarendon. And a minor flood warning has also been issued for the upper Gawler River catchment, where totals of up to 34mm have been recorded. But the Bureau of Meteorology said the forecast was for more moderate conditions for Thursday with only showers and light winds. At the height of the drama on Wednesday students and staff from the Rapid Bay Primary School, south of Adelaide, had to be rescued after floodwaters surrounded the town and cut access to the school. Homes, shops and other buildings across the Mt Lofty Ranges were also flooded along with some in Adelaide's eastern suburbs, with the worst hit areas the town's of Bridgewater, Aldgate and Hahndorf. Several roads were closed after being cut by rising water or because of damage from mudslides and subsiding ground. The wild conditions were the result of an intense low pressure system which formed over South Australia, packing wind gusts of more than 90km/h and rainfall of more than 80mm. The State Emergency Service took more than 700 calls for help, most for water into properties or for trees across roads and buildings. The conditions also resulted in a series of power outages from Currency Creek, south of Adelaide, to Nuriootpa, in the Barossa Valley affecting thousands of properties. But by late on Wednesday only about 500 were still to have electricity supplies restored. -With AAP

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